We hear the word sustainability a lot but what does it actually mean to be sustainable? Being sustainable simply means to be conscious about how our daily choices are affecting the environment and making positive changes that support ecological balance.
With the natural resources on Earth being depleted at an alarming rate, living sustain-ably is becoming less of a choice and more of a necessity. If we do not adopt sustainability and make it the norm we will not be able to survive. Human life as we know it will no longer exist, as well as millions of other species living on Earth with us.
The goal is to make a change before it is too late.
Most people read articles like this and instantly feel like its all too much to change so instead of putting in an effort or researching they simply act as if none of it is happening. Avoiding the problem which most do is only making the situation worse. The current generation is becoming more woke to world issues so I think now is perfect time to start making simple more conscious changes.
So why is living more sustain-ably important ?
America is the #1 producer of greenhouse gases producing over 15.1 trillion pounds per year. We hear the that term a lot but what exactly is a greenhouse gas? Greenhouse gases are compounds that create a barrier once they reach the atmosphere which then traps the heat inside. There are two ways greenhouse gases can be released into the atmosphere, naturally from plants and animals and then through human activities which is the main source. Normally with an average amount of these gases some will hit the earth and bounce off, but since the shield of access gases is in the atmosphere the rays cannot be released cause what is known as global warming.
-Although the US makes up than five percent of the population, but makes up 25 percent of the world’s fossil fuel consumption per year
– Americans alone generate between 250 and 400 million tons of garbage each year
-The average human creates about 4lbs a trash a day
-Each year over 100 billion plastic single use bags are thrown away
Although these statistics can seem overwhelming all hope isn’t lost. One of the easiest things you can do is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Another simple change you can make is eating meatless a couple days a week. The agriculture industry produces way more gas than any other greenhouse gas producer, so cutting out meat even once week will cut down on those emissions tremendously. If we all take a second when making our daily choices and consider if we really need what we are purchasing or if there is a “greener” alternative we will see a huge change.
Lastly, don’t be discouraged, We still have time to save the Earth and make a change it just takes one person to make the effort and spark other people to make a change. So share this article or any green tips you come across.